restore lost apps on iphone

How to restore lost apps on iPhone?

We are often forced to remove iOS apps due to limited iPhone space. Other times we accidentally delete an app from the iPhone or it suddenly disappears. It doesn’t mean we’ve lost the apps forever.

Here’s how to restore lost or deleted apps on iPhone.

I deleted an app. How do I get it back?

Easy! The App Store keeps track of all the apps you ever purchased or downloaded on the iPhone or iPad. This facilitates recovering lost or deleted iPhone apps in at least two ways.

1. Look up the app on the App Store

From within your iPhone, enter the App Store and search for the app you are trying to reinstall. Then simply re-download it. For paid apps you already purchased, it might seem that you have to re-purchase at first. re-download iphone app from the app store

However, once you tap on the price and enter your Apple ID and password, you are returned the following message which means that you can download the app for free. this update is free because you own a previous version of the item

2. Use the “Purchased” list

A more useful way to recover purchased apps is via using the Purchased list. To do so, on your iPhone, open the App Store and tap “Updates”. Tap “Purchased”. Finally, tap “Not on This iPhone”. You see a list of all your previously purchased or downloaded apps which have since been removed or were never installed on this iPhone. purchases list available to download to this iphone

Can I recover app preferences and documents?

Often restoring lost apps is not enough if you don’t also recover the associated app preferences and documents. This is where it all becomes a bit blurry. Different apps store different amounts of app data on your iPhone and in the cloud.

Certain iPhone games such as Angry Birds or Clash of Clans store game progress in the Game Center. Unless you specifically removed this information upon deleting the app, the data and preferences will be restored upon re-installing the app. you will no longer be listed on game center leaderboards

Some apps such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote are designed to store all associated documents and data in iCloud. If unsure, you can check which of your iPhone apps store documents and data in iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage storage. Such apps appear under the “Documents & Data” section. apps documents and data in icloud

Backup and recover iPhone apps and preferences without iCloud/iTunes

Rather be safe than sorry. Back up all your existing iPhone apps along with app preferences, documents and game progress directly to the PC.

You can then restore the apps to the same iPhone or transfer them to any other iOS device: complete with app-related data. This, even if the app has since been discontinued from the App Store.

For the purpose use the completely free PC tool called CopyTrans Apps. It allows you to restore iPhone apps independent of iCloud or iTunes and to be sure that apps and app documents are safely backed up if needed.

Backup and restore iPhone apps without iCloud and iTunes backup and restore iphone apps with copytrans manager

Use CopyTrans Apps to back up iPhone games and game scores in the same way.

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I can’t find default iPhone apps like Safari or Camera

Good news: you didn’t accidentally delete those – you can’t! It’s impossible to uninstall native iPhone apps such as Safari, FaceTime, or the Camera app. If some of these apps are nowhere to be found on your iPhone, it means that usage of the applications has been restricted.

To enable back the default iPhone apps, on the iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions and toggle the switch next to each app to the ON position. iphone restrictions screen

You can alternatively disable all restrictions in place by tapping “Disable Restrictions”. disable all iphone restrictions

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